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This blog is to highlight the unjust persecution of legitimate non-TV users at the hands of TV Licensing. These people do not require a licence and are entitled to live without the unnecessary stress and inconvenience caused by TV Licensing's correspondence and employees.

If you use equipment to receive live broadcast TV programmes, or to watch or download on-demand programmes via the BBC iPlayer, then the law requires you to have a licence and we encourage you to buy one.

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Thursday, 18 January 2018

Crimebodge on Police Assisting TV Licensing


A new YouTube video by our friends at Crimebodge.

It provides a lovely little summary of how TV Licensing uses the police as a lever to facilitate its seedy little operation.

It also shows how TV Licensing goons executing search warrants often try to twist events to fit their bigoted, legally-ignorant preconceptions, rather than gathering evidence in an open-minded and judicious manner. If they can't find evidence of TV licence evasion, they'll quite happily settle for the consolation prize of sticking a meritless obstruction charge on the occupier.

We should mention, as the video does, that TV Licensing search warrants are virtually unheard of. The paltry number of warrants granted tend to be reserved for outspoken opponents of the TV Licensing regime.

If you follow our advice of totally ignoring TV Licensing, then it should never have the information or grounds to obtain a warrant against your property.

Whenever a TV Licensing threatogram arrives, throw it straight in the bin. In the unlikely event that a TV Licensing goon calls, terminate the visit by immediately closing the door. Do not say anything to TV Licensing, because it does twist innocent comments into incriminating ones.

TV Licensing cannot be trusted. Do not believe a word it says.

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Saturday, 13 January 2018

Humphrys and Sopel Appear to Mock BBC Gender Pay Gap


An embarrassing audio recording has been leaked by a BBC insider, which appears to show two of the Corporation's leading male journalists mocking a female colleague for making a stand against gender pay inequality.

Last week Carrie Gracie, a BBC journalist for more than 30 years, stepped down from her role as China Editor when it came to light that male colleagues in comparable positions were paid up to 50 percent more. We decided not to report Gracie's departure as China Editor because she will be moving to alternative employment in the BBC Newsroom.

An off-air recording has emerged of John Humphrys and Jon Sopel apparently mocking Gracie for suggesting that male talent, like themselves, should take a cut in salary in order to achieve parity with their female counterparts. Sopel is the BBC's North America Editor - a role comparable to that previously held by Gracie.

According to figures released by the BBC, Humphrys earns between £600,000 and £649,999 and Sopel earns between £200,000 and £249,999. Gracie, a fluent Mandarin speaker, received a salary of £135,000 in her role as China Editor.

A transcript of the exchange appears below:
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John Humphrys (JH): Ah, can you hear me Sopel?

Jon Sopel (JS): Humphrys, I can hear you.

JH: Slight change of subject. The first question will be 'how much of your salary are you prepared to hand over to Carrie Gracie to keep her?', then a few comments about your other colleagues, you know, like our Middle East Editor and the other men who are earning too much...

JS: I mean obviously if we are talking about the scope for the greatest redistribution, I'll have to come back and say, 'Well yes Mr Humphrys, but...'

JH: And I could save you the trouble as I could volunteer that I've handed over already more than you fucking earn. But I'm still left with more than anybody else, and that seems to me entirely just. Something like that.

JS: Don't.

JH: Oh dear God. She's actually suggested that you should lose money; you know that don’t you? You've read the thing properly have you?

JS: Yeah I have, yeah.

JH: The idea is I'm not allowed to talk to her about it throughout the whole course of the programme. Not a word.

JS: I mean... can we have this conversation... I'd love to talk to you about it.

JH: Probably not now, yeah right. So as far as Trump's concerned, what's the top line?
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The pair had previously claimed that their comments were lighthearted banter, but the inflexion of their voices reveals quite a different story. Humphrys claims the recording was leaked by a "nasty person" with a grudge against him.

A BBC spokeswoman said: "This was an ill-advised off-air conversation which the presenter regrets."

She added: "The BBC is committed to getting its pay structures right and, as we have said, we are conducting a comprehensive analysis of presenter pay."

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Wednesday, 3 January 2018

MP Tweets About TV Licensing Wrongful Prosecution


An intriguing tweet from earlier today by John Mann MP.

Mr Mann is the Labour MP for Bassetlaw and according to his Twitter profile he's "not scared to say it how it is".

His tweet reads as follows: "BBC prosecuted entirely the wrong person for TV licensing then failed to turn up on court to defend this. Now refuse to compensate. A total and disgraceful scandal. Which BBC journalist wants to cover the story?"

This sounds a very common tale. We regularly hear about TV Licensing prosecuting innocent people for an offence they haven't committed on the basis of sloppy (read as incomplete, inaccurate or even non-existent) evidence.

We're hopeful that one of the nationals will pick up this story and run with it, so stay tuned for updates. Fingers crossed for another Daily Mail hatchet job on the BBC and TV Licensing!

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